Making changes in the land of tulips: ALDI Netherlands

ALDI Netherlands went the extra mile in 2017 to support customers on the road to a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. In a country with more bicycles than people, protecting the environment and the climate also plays an important role.


Through a variety of projects, ALDI Netherlands made a difference in the health of its customers in the period under review. Those projects include improved product combinations with less sugar or salt and the new healthy nutrition partnership with the foundation JOGG , to name just a few examples. We also support our customers in making informed purchasing decisions with the ALDI Transparency Code (ATC), which creates transparency about the origin of poultry and pork, or our sustainability awareness campaign focusing on shopping responsibly (Verantwoord boodschappen doen). When it comes to preventing food waste, we work closely with Wageningen University and Voedselbank Nederland. Just like at ALDI North Germany, ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg, we too are saying goodbye – or, shall we say, “Doei!” – to disposable bags in the Netherlands. From 2019, we will offer only reusable bags. Beyond that, ALDI Netherlands is making a contribution to protecting the climate. All newly opened stores have an energy label of A+++ or higher, making them especially energy efficient. Since 2015, ALDI Netherlands has also exclusively used green electricity.

Our highlights

In the second year of our partnership with Voedselbank Nederland, 74 per cent of our stores donated food to regional food banks. In 2016, that figure still stood at around 29 per cent.

As early as 2015, the power supply of ALDI Netherlands was switched to 100 per cent green electricity. In 2017, it was completely generated by European wind energy.

ALDI Netherlands in profile

Regional companies
Stores 494
Total ALDI employees
Year of market entry
Our national targets from the CR Programme (2017)

For an updated overview, see: CR Programme 2018.

Field of action: Supply chain responsibility

Objective Status Target date
Target value
Target relevance

Changeover of products containing resources of animal origin or processed animal resources to the criteria of the One Star Beter Leven sustainability seal (minimum standard)

New Ongoing 100 % Netherlands
Expansion of efforts to reduce the salt and sugar content in additional own-brand products New Ongoing expansion
Labelling of all fruit and vegetable products grown in the Netherlands with the PlanetProof sustainability seal New 2019 100 % Netherlands

  Target achieved   Ongoing Process

Field of action: resource conservation

Objective Status Target date Target value Target relevance
Introduction of a nationwide, digitised monitoring system for cooling systems in order to achieve emission reductions through optimised leakage rates and/or more environmentally benign refrigerants   2017 100 % Netherlands
Discontinuation of single use plastic bags New 2018 100 %

  Target achieved   Ongoing Process

Field of action: social commitment & dialogue promotion

Objective Status Target date
Target value Target relevance
Continuation and expansion of efforts to foster health awareness among customers and employees New Ongoing
Continuation and expansion Netherlands

 Target achieved   Ongoing process

Our projects and topics

More sustainable products
Fruit and vegetables: sustainability on a wide scale
Netherlands: healthy nutrition starts early
Key topic
Product quality
Key topic
More sustainable product range
Food waste
On a rescue mission
Disposing with disposables
Resource conservation
Fighting plastic soup